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View Poll Results: Who, and in how many games?
Thunder in 4 1 1.82%
Thunder in 5 7 12.73%
Thunder in 6 20 36.36%
Thunder in 7 6 10.91%
Heat in 4 1 1.82%
Heat in 5 8 14.55%
Heat in 6 2 3.64%
Heat in 7 10 18.18%
Voters: 55. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-13-2012, 05:09 AM
 
Location: The "Rock"
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Selfolosha locked him up for one, and two he's playing like a shell of his former shelf. Miami has no shot if that's the best we can expect from him this series.
This in a nutshell...
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:33 AM
 
Location: TX
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If yesterday's halves were separate games, Heat won the first 54-47 while OKC won the second 58-40. Hopefully, this is not the shape of things to come. But I won't draw any conclusions till either team is up by 3 games.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Lewes, Delaware
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It should have been a blowout but the Thunder didn't any get contribution from Harden which meant that Westbrook and Durant had to do a lot more. If Harden was his normal self the Heat would have lost by 20
Harden was on the bench for most of the 4th, not much he can do from there but I think Scott Brooks will want to get him going in game 2. Westbrook had like 7 or 8 more shots than Durant at the end of 3 quarters, if he was passing instead of gunning the Thunder would of won by 20 or more and Durant would of scored 45.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Wind comes sweeping down the...
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If yesterday's halves were separate games, Heat won the first 54-47 while OKC won the second 58-40. Hopefully, this is not the shape of things to come. But I won't draw any conclusions till either team is up by 3 games.
The Thunder has been a 2nd half team the whole season so this isnt new. Durants 4ths are becoming legendary. This team has never been in a finals before which explains some jitters in the beginning. Lebron can hope but like everyone is saying...bottom line: Too many weapons for OKC offensively and the defense is like a pitbull. I wasnt even concerned when the 4th whipped around. Spurs/Thunder was most likely the championship. And the Thunder swept the last 3 games of that series w a coach like Pop and his veteran champ team that looked unstoppable.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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This series could actually be won by the... coaches

Knowing when to go big or small, whom to play where, matchups, etc. Both teams have alot of flexible players who can guard multiple positions, so getting these decisions right will be key.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Selfolosha locked him up for one, and two he's playing like a shell of his former shelf. Miami has no shot if that's the best we can expect from him this series.
Yep. That's why I started this thread.

Re-Evaluating D-Wade

Wade's performance has been underwhelming during these playoffs. He needs to step it up big time. And as I stated before, Mike Miller needs to start making some shots. Is there any reason to be paying a guy over a million bucks to shoot 37% from the field and grab 2.5 boards per game? I thought he was supposed to be the guy who would help stretch the floor for Miami. Far from it.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:01 AM
 
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Yep. That's why I started this thread.

Re-Evaluating D-Wade

Wade's performance has been underwhelming during these playoffs. He needs to step it up big time. And as I stated before, Mike Miller needs to start making some shots. Is there any reason to be paying a guy over a million bucks to shoot 37% from the field and grab 2.5 boards per game? I thought he was supposed to be the guy who would help stretch the floor for Miami. Far from it.
I think when the Heat joined in 2010, there was a vision that Wade was going to be playing at peak level for a few more years( he was only 28 when they joined). Lebron was going to be Lebron, and a guy like Miller was going to give you some of the marksmanship he displayed in Memphis. Wade has regressed physically in the past year, whether it be age or injury or both, I'm not sure. He's going to have to make the adjustments, because he has conceded completely the 'alpha' role to Lebron (which was inevitable anyway) and its on him to find a way to remain valuable and productive.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:18 AM
 
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I still wasn't too impressed with how Durant played today, but they did really pick it up as a team in the second half. I think it was just nervousness and the heat were coming in with a good amount of confidence after their recent win against Boston.
Not sure if serious.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:55 AM
 
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I say the Thunder in 6.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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I think when the Heat joined in 2010, there was a vision that Wade was going to be playing at peak level for a few more years( he was only 28 when they joined). Lebron was going to be Lebron, and a guy like Miller was going to give you some of the marksmanship he displayed in Memphis. Wade has regressed physically in the past year, whether it be age or injury or both, I'm not sure. He's going to have to make the adjustments, because he has conceded completely the 'alpha' role to Lebron (which was inevitable anyway) and its on him to find a way to remain valuable and productive.
Their vision was suspect...even at the time.

I remember the chatter on Cavs boards about signing Wade or Bosh to join Lebron. The jury was split on Wade and the general consenus was no to Bosh- but Cavs fan figured just sign anyone to keep Lebron here.

I can't recall but didn't Wade have a major injury just prior to this contract? Even so or not so, I didn't think his game which is well noted translates well into his 30s. Wade and Lebron brings similar aspects with their game too- only Lebron dishes out the punishment when he drives.

Now Bosh was a great player on a bad team and I think we are seeing a very good/good player now on a great team. You could sign three decent players with the money you gave him. You could argue the Heat would be better off without him and beside giving that kind of money to one single guy (that is not named Dwight Howard) they should have found a few more pieces.

I watched Lebron and his teams from 03-10 as a Cavs fan. He needed a sidekick, that never truly happened, but he didn't do too badly being "the guy" surrounded by good role players and the Cavs improved the cast of guys around him from 06 to 09. The biggest mistake was taking on Shaq- not from a personnel standpoint but more from a tempo standpoint. A Lebron team- needs to move the ball and have two or three great shooters parked along the three point line- maybe a great big man too?

When Lebron is "the guy" he plays better. This 1A and 1B stuff (Lebron and Wade) hurts the Heat.

I think Heat management thought they could get "good" players chasing a ring and play at the minimum. The last two offseasons that hasn't worked out too well for them.

They had to realize Wade could be on the decline even at the time he signed.
Chemistry would suffer with all these 1 year deals.
Would the the big 3 play show their typical dominence and play team basketball at the same time (tricky balance).

I'm just sitting back with a bag of popcorn taking this all in- FUN stuff.
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